Horse picked up by tornado and dropped inside house

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

"This was somebody's pet," Dr. David Fugate of the West Liberty Vet Clinic said, picking up a mostly black cat with a small patch of white on its face.

He says a number of cats found throughout town are still here among the animals waiting to go home.

Hours after the tornado hit Fugate was joined by other vets and their staff got to work without power helping injured pets and taking in foundlings, hoping to eventually get them home.

"They may want him back, but not have any place to take him to," Fugate explained while petting the cat. "When you're without a home, or vehicle--it's without a choice."

In addition to searching for owners, doctors are nursing other animals back to health and letting them stay a while.

"Twister" the horse was picked up by the EF 3 tornado and dropped into the family's kitchen after the roof blew off.

Since they lost their home and everything they have, Doctor Fugate says "Twister" will stay a while.

"They're our people, we have to take care of them, " he explained. "They're our people's pets; we got to take care of them."

The West Liberty Vet Clinic says the greatest need is donated fencing materials and labor so that displaced horses and dogs have fields or yards to go home to.

They are also still taking donated dog, cat and horse feed. Call the West Liberty Vet Clinic at 606-743-3776 for more information. They'll also accept cash donations.

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